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Directed By
Paul Schrader

Written By:
Paul Schrader

George C. Scott, Season Hubley, Peter Boyle, Dick Sargent

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Hardcore (1979)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
November 13th, 2009


Let's face it - HARDCORE is one mighty bleak and sordid drama fashioned very much in the same unsavoury and depressing mold as the 70's movie-sensation, TAXI DRIVER.

Actor GEORGE C. SCOTT plays Jake Van Dorn, whose precious, upright family leads a church-oriented lifestyle in their self-righteous, little hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Van Dorn's church sponsors a Jesus-loving, youth trip to California and his 'wholesome-as-a-cupcake' teenage daughter, Kristen, is permitted to go.

Once dearest Kristen leaves her safe Michigan home, she inexplicably disappears completely, without even a single word, whatsoever. (Like - Where in the hell can Kristen be?) And, so, Van Dorn heads out to Los Angeles in a desperate search for her whereabouts. He soon has his eyes forced wide open when he discovers that his little, darling, Kristen is, indeed, appearing in super-hardcore, triple X-Rated films.

Completely heartsick and grief-stricken after having to view his daughter performing like a regular little 'pig-in-heat' in a couple of real choice fuk-flicks, Van Dorn, himself, decides to venture on down into the dangerous, ultra-sleazy netherworld of prostitution and porn where he finds, to his own amazement, that his total revulsion to it all soon becomes equally matched by his absolute fascination of it.

Actor GEORGE C. SCOTT gives a very powerful performance as Van Dorn, but, unfortunately, HARDCORE is a badly marred film, especially when it comes to its completely unbelievable and, yes, utterly stupid conclusion.

HARDCORE is a PAUL SCHRADER film, who also directed CAT PEOPLE, PATTY HEARST and the completely idiotic, DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST.

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